Four new publications - on commercial vegetable production, Midwest tree fruit spraying, commercial small fruit and grape spraying, and controlling weeds in Ohio and Indiana - offer insight into issues as spring approaches and growers are getting ready for the planting season, says Celeste Welty, an OSU Extension entomologist.
OSU Extension and Ohio Agricultural Research and Development Center fruit and vegetable specialists are contributors to the new guides, ensuring that the information reflects current recommendations applicable to Ohio farming operations, Welty said.
"Having all current options for pest management decision-making in one bulletin is valued by our growers," Welty says. "Every year there are some new pesticide products and uses added, and some pesticide use canceled, and these changes are incorporated into the annual edition of each production guide.
"Although pesticides are prominent in these bulletins, information on non-chemical management tactics is also included."
The publications are:
* "2013 Midwest Commercial Small Fruit and Grape Spray Guide," offering information on pest management recommendations that provide up-to-date guidance on pesticides and how they apply to the pest problem. The guide is good for growers who plan to use restricted pesticides because they must be certified as private applicators. Cost is $8.
* "2013 Midwest Tree Fruit Spray Guide," developed by the Midwest Fruit Workers Group to ensure proper application of pesticides on commercial fruit including apples, pears, cherries, peaches and plums. The guide includes formulations, application schedules and procedures for the listed fruits and special problems and pests that can occur. Cost is $8.
* "2013 Midwest Vegetable Production Guide for Commercial Growers," an annual guide that provides a summary of suggested vegetable varieties, seeding rates, fertilizer rates, weed control, insect control and disease control measures for commercial growers. Cost is $10.
* "Weed Control Guide for Ohio and Indiana, 2013" explains the importance of weed control and provides suggestions on herbicide management strategies for corn, popcorn, grain sorghum, soybeans, small grains and forages. Cost is $17.25. A free PDF version of the Weed Control Guide can be found online.
The publications are among some 600 titles that are in stock and can be found online, said Cindy McCain, marketing and promotions manager for media distribution at Ohio State University Extension.
"These particular guides are very popular among growers and sell out almost every year," McCain says.
The publications are available at OSU Extension county offices statewide. The guides can also be purchased online at OSU Extension's Media Distribution Store.
Ohio residents who buy publications at an OSU Extension county office can get 20 percent off the website price, McCain says. Prices listed above do not include tax or shipping.